Foot pain, especially in the heel, is very common in women during pregnancy. Hormones in your body increase in preparation of childbirth and these hormones cause loosening of ligaments in the entire body! With less strength coming from the ligaments, your foot structure quickly changes. Not only do women often experience widening and increased length in their feet, but their arches may collapse or lower.
While some things you would normally do for foot pain are off limits during pregnancy (ie. ibuprofen), there are many things that can be done to increase the support of your foot and decrease inflammation. Correcting and compensating for changes in your biomechanics can keep pain at bay and can help you to stay comfortably active during your pregnancy.
If you are experiencing foot pain and are pregnant, don't delay seeking treatment! The sooner you get in, the sooner you can improve the pain in your feet. Contact us at PPFAC for an appointment today.
To read more about heel pain, see this article!